Bike-riding snatcher killed in shootout with policemen PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 January 2013 15:47

A motorcycle-riding bag snatcher was killed, while his cohort was wounded and eluded arrest after a shootout with policemen in Sta. Maria, minutes after they held-up a woman at Star Apple Drive, Baliwasan last Wednesday afternoon.

City Police Director Sr. Supt. Edwin De Ocampo said Clarence Francisco sustained bullet wounds in the body and died on the spot, while his companion, Thelmo, 35, remained at large and was a subject of police manhunt yesterday.

A police report disclosed that Ines Pereyra y Diaz, 64, married, of Star Apple Drive was riding on a motorcycle driven by her companion, on their way home around 4:25 p.m., when four men aboard two motorcycles appeared and the backriders grabbed her bag containing P26,000.

The four snatchers’ motorcycles sped in different directions. Two of them fled towards Canelar Moret while the motorcycle where Francisco was riding and driven by Thelmo sped towards Gov. Camins Avenue..

The victims chased Francisco and Thelmo as they were the ones who were bringing the stolen bag. While they were chasing, the victims spotted policemen along the road. They reported the incident to the lawmen.who chased the suspects. At the same time, men of the Investigation Section led by Sr. Insp. Arlan Delumpines and other units responded to the incident that resulted in a hot pursuit operation.

Francisco and Thelmo sped east towards Gov. Camins Avenue and entered an alley fronting Makers Sales Center until they reached the interior of Sta. Maria where they engaged in a shootout with the police.

Policemen tried to convince the suspects to surrender but they opened fire which triggered a brief shootout.

Thelmo was able to escape bringing the bag while Francisco was killed.

A police report disclosed that Thelmo has contacted his wife thru text message informing her that he was hit during the shootout.
Police were still conducting hot pursuit operation against Thelmo. — Dan Toribio Jr.